|Manual and Chip preparing the cement in the mixer.|
|Hauling the concrete.|
|Pouring the concrete into the block.|
|Ty, Austin and David working together to get the concrete in the cells at the front of the house.|
|Finished with the days work. Concrete is still needed in the footers for the deck and porch.|
- The nuts for the J-bolts won't thread on. Chip enters problem-solving mode and considers using his tap and die set to re-thread the nuts but we don't have the set on hand and will have to drive into Gainesville to pick it up. I suggest buying one at the local hardware store but the only 1/2" size is available as a set. Chip nixes that idea. Finally, we resolve to exchanging the nuts when 84 Lumber (our supplier) is open and we knock off for the day shortly thereafter, cold and frustrated with our lack of progress.
- A few days later, Chip realizes that he forgot to purchase and, as a result, install the termite shield. The termite shield is just metal sheeting that sits between the top of the stem wall and the 2x8's. The theory is that the termites will mosey on up the stem wall all happy, sniffing the tasty wood but then can't pass the slippery metal so fall off before they reach their feast. Anyway, our supplier orders the termite shield but the shipment is delayed. In an effort to save time, I drive to Jacksonville and pick up the 20 - 10' sheets so Chip can get back on track.
- Very seldom is a stem wall level all the way around so you must shim the mudsill (ensuring it's level, square and plum). In our case we can't just shim the mudsill because the termite shield is in the way. Chip informs me that we need to shim-up the stem wall with more concrete wherever it's not level, which is 90% of the perimeter. Chip sets to work and, when available, I help.
|The concrete in the forefront is wet, this is what we added, whereas in the foreground, the concrete is dry. The 2x8' on the ground is what Chip had installed but we temporarily removed to fix the leveling issue.|
|One of the nasty, cold days but we didn't let that bother us. The lumber off to the left is the start of the girders.|
For me, this stage of inspection brought to light that building The Floridian from the ground up takes an unbelievable amount of forethought and planning and that delays, like taxes, are inevitable. It's quite an adventure!
Portland Cement $113
Small Rocks: Free
Hired help: $150
Termite Shield $282